What To Look For in a Children's Seesaws
Smaller, plastic ‘rocker’ seesaws are suitable for toddlers aged 1 – 5 years. If you’ll be placing the rocker outdoors, look for UV-resistant plastic, as this is less likely to fade with age.
Traditional seesaws are suitable for children over 3 years old. If you want more of a dynamic model, you might want to consider one that rotates on a spinning axis as well as going up and down. Bear in mind that these models take up more space, so they may not be suitable for a small garden.
Weight capacity is also an important consideration. A seesaw with a weight capacity of over 30 kg (on each seat) will be suitable for most children up to 8 years old.
There are a range of safety features to look out for as well. The best children’s seesaw will incorporate shock absorbers, such as rubber under the seats, and easy-grip handles, to prevent injury.
In terms of construction material, look out for powder-coated steel or pressure-treated wood. Steel seesaws are often lighter and easier to move around, but wooden seesaws can offer more stability. If you do go for wood, choose FSC approved timber to ensure it has been responsibly sourced.
I’ve chosen the classic Little Tikes Whale Teeter Totter Children’s Seesaw as my top recommendation. It’s a timeless model, suitable for children aged 1 – 5 years old, and it’s compact and lightweight – ideal for indoor and outdoor use. Plus, it can be used by 1 – 3 children at any time.
Below, you can find the full review of this seesaw as well as other alternative models.